General Santos has an array of good eats that made me more than smile. Here’s what has landed on the top of my list.
Durian Gatchpuccino – cappuccino with a twist
Named after its owner Gatchi Gatchialian, I reckon. Blugre Coffee, originally from Davao, became famous for their Durian coffee concoction.
Heard so much about it and the first thing I did was head over to GMP building, along South Osmeña Street to see what the rave was all about.
It’s cappuccino with durian bits, indeed something to rave about if you love durian – of course.
Durian – the fruit
As you have probably noticed by now, I have this love affair with durian – wasn’t love at first sight though but I was rather introduced to it gradually. I first tasted Durian flavored pastillas (milk candy) years ago and loved it, and then I discovered Durian ice cream, totally adored it. I eventually had a go at the actual fruit, frozen at first — tasted very much like the ice cream. And for more than a decade now, I am more than smitten.
GenSan, as with many places in Southern Philippines, is Durian haven and walking home from dinner,
we (the durian addicts) grabbed ourselves some and had a feast.
The only restaurant in GenSan that offers ostrich and crocodile delicacies but more than these, we had some pretty good appetizers too.
One that caught our eye was “Dili Ka GuaPo” (translated in English as “you’re not handsome”) – a mix of crispy fried dilis (anchovies) kag (is “and” in Bisaya) sliced guava, and pomelo dressed in vinaigrette, hence the name. Aside from its eye-catching name, it is a refreshing combination of salty, sweet and sour. Located at the NCCC compound off the National Highway, this wonderful find is a must-try when in GenSan.
And since it’s GenSan, we had to have our tuna, this time we had it kinilaw (tuna cooked in vinegar),
Best paired with perfectly chilled San Mig Light beer below zero. Ahhh…
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